Harry Reid: Hey, bureaucrats are the ones hurting (video)

Sharron Angle giveth, Sharron Angle taketh away. On the one hand, the Nevada Republican’s awful campaign last year against incumbent Harry Reid helped Democrats avoid an embarrassing electoral defeat and maintain their majority in the Senate. On the other, keeping Reid in office means Republicans still have someone to practically write the campaign ads for them.

Here’s Reid on the Senate floor Wednesday, explaining that the private sector is in fine shape — it’s the public sector that’s hurting during the Obama Recovery:

Via Jeff Emanuel at RedState, who notes that the federal government’s unemployment statistics prove the exact opposite — the unemployment rate for government workers last month was in fact the lowest for any sector. Just as it was a year ago.

Folks, there is nothing wrong with the economy that Democratic leaders think government — more spending, more regulation and now more hiring — can’t fix. Just ask them.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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getalife

October 20th, 2011
3:57 pm

It is called the Arab and American awakening.

We are changing the world .

Join us.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
4:06 pm

Someone should ask Harry Reid if Guam is in danger of tipping over.

getalife

October 20th, 2011
4:09 pm

Do you hear that?

It is the American Awakening.

They are celebrating the Arab Awakening.

That is the sound of change.

Our President did bring change as promised.

Hope is coming too.

Life is good.

carlosgvv

October 20th, 2011
4:10 pm

Kyle, it is the Big Business private sector that is doing well. It is the American workers who aren’t doing so well. You and I both know that is what Reid meant. Nice try, though.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
4:12 pm

carlosgvv, how did you get THAT from Reid’s statement?

Nice try, though.

getalife

October 20th, 2011
4:14 pm

reid is countering your attack on jobs.

He is fighting to save those jobs.

Tell your failed party to stop the attacks on American jobs.

Recover the 15 million jobs your failed party lost before any cuts.

No jobs no cuts.

Got it?

TruthBe

October 20th, 2011
4:14 pm

getalife, You are a idiot. Obama has lied to us all and his communist agenda is destroying America. You must be black. Because Blacks are the only ones supporting this disgrace of a president anymore in large numbers because of their “First time Presidental Black Pride”. Get over it. America is too important for all of us Americans Black and White to keep putting up with this corrupt president.

carlosgvv

October 20th, 2011
4:16 pm

Barry

Most of us, including you, know that the “private sector” means Corporations and small Business’, not Federal Govt. workers. Nice try, though.

getalife

October 20th, 2011
4:17 pm

tb,

Why so angry?

It is a great day to celebrate the Awakening in the world :)

Farsider

October 20th, 2011
4:19 pm

I’ve got my own question. How much more do we have to give to the 1% at the top before these “job creators” start creating jobs? That seems to be the broken record the right is stuck on. Current tax rates are not at confiscatory levels compared to other eras. Yet all the gop candidates maintain that we have to raise taxes on everybody EXCEPT the richest Americans, while once again giving that group a hefty tax cut. Nobody on the right can explain how this tactic has not worked. Did not work the last time it was tried and won’t work the next time its tried. Even Reagan was forced to follow up his mammoth tax cut with a huge tax increase. There is no proven track record these tax cuts create jobs, and yet that’s all the right has.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
4:21 pm

It’s a whole lot easier to explain how tax CUTS create jobs than it is to explain how tax INCREASES create jobs. Real jobs, that is, not government jobs.

getalife

October 20th, 2011
4:23 pm

mcloser is a disgrace and can’t even praise our President for his victory.

Unpatriotic fool like the rest of you cons.

Get Real

October 20th, 2011
4:26 pm

I think old Harry has had an aneurysm; he is almost as big a buffoon as Biden…

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
4:26 pm

carlosgvv: Most of us, including you, know that the “private sector” means Corporations and small Business’, not Federal Govt. workers.
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Uh, that’s sort of the point, dude. Reid thinks corporations and small businesses are doing just fine and not laying anyone off. Tell that to the bank employees getting laid off, the construction workers with no work, the software developers whose jobs are getting offshored. We have 400,000 new applications for unemployment every week. Most of them are private sector folks who used to work for corporations and small businesses (and medium-sized businesses, etc.)

Reid’s an idiot.

Nice try, though.

Jim Crowe

October 20th, 2011
4:27 pm

Lets see Obama deposes a tyrant with very little American money and 0 American Casualties.

Bush gets rid of Saddam and over 4,000 lose their lives and some 30,000 wounded.

Hmmmmmm

Jim Crowe

October 20th, 2011
4:28 pm

Just think if we hadn’t wasted all that money in Iraq.

getalife

October 20th, 2011
4:28 pm

Look in the mirror to see the idiots idiots.

Is that all you got?

Childish insults?

carlosgvv

October 20th, 2011
4:41 pm

Barry

I believe the recession is over for Wall Street but is still in full force for Main Street. Do you agree?

Hillbilly D

October 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

Things aren’t fine up here in the Hills but Harry, like probably 99% of those in Congress, has never been here.

MountainMan

October 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

JC,

Iraq looked pretty good after 30 days, let’s see how Lybia plays out.

MarkV

October 20th, 2011
4:51 pm

Those criticizing Obama’s economic performance, from the Republican presidential contenders to those commenting here, have two fundamental problems:

One, the facts that show the contracting economy and huge job losses at the end of Bush’s administration. Also that the initial data, on which the stimulus was based, understated the depth of the problem. The critics may call it excuses until they are red in face, but they cannot change those important facts.

Two, the critics cannot prove by any factual evidence that the economy would be in a better shape if a Republican were in the White House. They can repeat opinions and theories as much as they want, but all they have are words, which are cheap.

Chuck Doberman

October 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

Yes, of course, Reid (and anyone to the left of Ayn Rand) is out of touch with mainstream America. Only hardcore conservatives truly feel the pain of working class people, and as soon as we elect someone (anyone… as long as they’re god-fearin’ po-folk hatin’ “keep the gov’t out of my life… but not yours” type of folk) the “job creators” (roflmao) will start to creatin’, the riches will “trickle down”, the middle class will be rejuvenated and life will be grand! You see, their economic practices in the past have ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR ANEMIC ECONOMY, JUST ASK THEM, and as soon as we get back to those same exact policies and practices (with even more emphasis on shifting ALL of the nation’s wealth to the already-wealthy) all will be roses and puppy dogs. There is no alternative policy or mindset in the GOP… this is what they’ve done in the past and this is exactly what they’re telling us they’ll do in the future given the opportunity. Then they’ll blame the carnage on someone else and emphatically deny any involvement, which will be good enough for their “base” to believe.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
4:57 pm

carlosgvv: I believe the recession is over for Wall Street but is still in full force for Main Street.
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Wall Street is a mixed bag. Profits at some of the large banks are down this past quarter and there are some big layoffs going on.

Reid never said anything about Wall Street though. He said the private sector. The private sector is much bigger than Wall Street. And it most definitely is not doing fine.

Reid’s an idiot.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:03 pm

Meanwhile, back at the poor, downtrodden, put-upon federal government:
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Beltway Earnings Make U.S. Capital Richer Than Silicon Valley

Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.

Van Jonez

October 20th, 2011
5:05 pm

Telling a stupid lie and being a stupid lair: Congratulation Harry, you win again, categorically.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:06 pm

Obozo has one fundamental problem. Two years into the economic recovery he inherited, unemployment is still at 9%.

retired early

October 20th, 2011
5:07 pm

Consider for a moment, the real reason for the mess we find ourselves in as a country.
Bank deregulation changed the mortgage banking industry in a dramatic negative way.
For the first time they were allowed to “package” their loans and sell them as “investments blocks”.
They can get a higher yield from these “sales” than they can if they keep the loans and service them themselves. They began making loans to anyone, regardless of their creditworthiness…then “package” and sell them.
Now banks have a choice…do they make mortgage loans which earn 31/2 to 4/12%, or do they invest their money in higher yield markets.
The answer….we are now required to pay 20% down to qualify for a loan or to refinance. They have no incentive to make housing loans. Fewer loans means fewer new nome construction…and the glut of existing homes just “sits” there dragging down the value of everyone’s home.
How many of these long time unemployed workers come from the housing industry? Let’s see…that’s carpenters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, painters, brick masons, appliance dealers, septic tank companies, landscapers, etc.
Canada, btw, did not have a recession…one reason…they regulate their banks. Mortgage lenders just make mortgage loans…know what else…these banks are required to “keep the loans they make” and service them throughout the life of the loan.
Now, what are we continuing to hear from the GOP contenders….less regulations will promote more jobs.
Less regulation CAUSED this mess in the first place…God help us if the GOP gains control of this country once again.

carlosgvv

October 20th, 2011
5:07 pm

Barry

Actually, Wall Street is part of the private sector. It certainly is not part of the Govt. sector. However, you’re right about Reid. Unfortunately, he is not alone in Congress in being an idiot.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Thee Magnificent!!! mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

October 20th, 2011
5:09 pm

Hairy Reed will soon be the Senate Minority Leader and he can pat himself on the back for that.

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So today obozo gave al qaida it’s fourth country, he busily works on few more and the libs are jumping with glee over all this marauding on nations that never attacked us.

What will be the parting gift from the dummycrats to our islamic enemies, the US nuclear arsenal?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:12 pm

retired early…Canada also has full recourse loans, which means borrowers can’t just walk away if they don’t feel like paying their mortgage any longer. Not so in the US, where so many parasites did just that.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:13 pm

carlosgvv, everything is private sector except the government. You’re the only one confused about that!

;-)

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:19 pm

Oh, and Canada has another advantage in terms of bank stability: No Community Reinvestment Act.

Jefferson

October 20th, 2011
5:19 pm

Somebody better hope the AJC is doing well…

Get on with it

October 20th, 2011
5:20 pm

Get over the racism. Obama is not black nor is he white. Hes mixed and does not care about any of us. Black, white, he does not care, nore do Reid or Pelosi. They do however care about illegals though. They need that vote. Those two are the only ones not running to the hills like the other democrates.

Hey, I used to be a democrate, was proud of it. But now? No, these people in congress are not democrats like Kennedy or the others coming though history. There was no anger or hate in Kennedy, he truely loved America. These people today, well its like they are part of a liberal hate crime. They are begging for people to protest and kill and mame. I mean come on. Bidden says there will be murders and rapes and then what happens. A protester in Ohio claims she was raped. Its all just a ploy. To divide and conquere. I beg you democrates to look at the history of our party, then look at these people who are in the party now. If you see them as the same the continue to vote for them. If your like me and am very very afraid of what they are doing, well then vote for the GOP. Remember, you can tell anyone you voted for Obama but only you will ever know the truth. Who will know that when it counted you looked down at your kids and grandkids and proclaimed, NOT ON MY WATCH and then pushed the button beside the GOP.

I wont lie, I am done with the crazy democratic takeover of our country. Poor Virginia and the coal industry, well they will be very unemployed soon by Obamas regulations, electric bills of every american will sky rocket. You think its bad now, just wait till the regulations of the electric/coal mandate comes in. You can look at electric bills going up at least by 4 times what you pay now. People really will be in dark. Remember, open you eyes, you really do get what you ask for and sometimes the Change given is not what you actually thought you were getting. I know one thing, Obama can keep his change. I will keep my America.

Rafe Hollister

October 20th, 2011
5:21 pm

It is all about the unions. Harry owes his reelection to the unions. They bused in people in sufficient quantity to overcome any vote that Angle was going to get. She ran a poor campaign, but Reid had the Unions to compensate for his lack of popularity with mainstream voters in Nevada. He is controlled by the Unions as a result.

The unions have shrunk to next to nothing in the private sector and flourished in the public sector, hence, Reid’s comments. He and Oblamer have to suck up to the unions, since they are so unpopular with mainstream America. When Harry says the Public Sector needs help, he really means we need more union jobs.

Hillbilly D

October 20th, 2011
5:21 pm

We could actually learn a lot by looking at the Canadian banking industry and it’s regulations.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:26 pm

“Canada’s banks are generally ranked as the safest and soundest in the world, and their non-politicized banking system could provide a model for banking reform in the United States. Moving towards the Canadian banking system could go a long way towards stabilizing our mortgage, credit, and housing markets and make us less vulnerable to financial shocks in the future.”

http://www.american.com/archive/2010/february/due-north-canadas-marvelous-mortgage-and-banking-system

Jefferson

October 20th, 2011
5:28 pm

When labor is treated like a “human resource” and is in high supply (USA), a labor union is the only chance a worker has to be treated fairly and compensated justly.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:29 pm

Taking politics out of the banking system? That won’t be of much interest to the Democrat party.

retired early

October 20th, 2011
5:29 pm

Lil Barry

Borrowers in America are responsible for the “balance due” after the sale at foreclosure if it does not payoff the loan balance.
So, you don’t see a problem with bank deregulation and therefore don’t see how Canada’s economy faired better than ours inspite of the fact that they also have FREE HEALTH CARE. Gee, it did not bankrupt them…how’s that happen.

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:29 pm

By “compensated justly” you mean “above-market wages”, right?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:30 pm

FREE HEALTH CARE. Gee, it did not bankrupt them…how’s that happen.
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Rationing.

Any other easy questions?

MarkV

October 20th, 2011
5:37 pm

Get on with it @5:20 pm

I sure hope you are a democrat, even if you are no longer a Democrat. But that is a minor point. You want to keep your America, where no regulations of the coal mining industry will make miners safe in the mines, prevent black lung disease, prevent destruction of the environment. Thanks, but no thanks. That is not America I want.

retired early

October 20th, 2011
5:47 pm

Lil Barry

“Rationing….That’s the standard GOP party line to scare people that has no basis in facts. It’s plays well along side the other GOP justification for “cutting taxes for the rich”…it creates jobs…right.

MarkV

October 20th, 2011
5:52 pm

Kyle,
you have equated people in “public sector jobs,” which Reid was talking about, with “bureaucrats.” Can you justify that?

Lil' Barry Bailout (Unexpectedly Revised Downward)

October 20th, 2011
5:56 pm

Of course Canada rations. If they didn’t ration, how would they control costs? You think everyone can get as much health care as they want any time they want?

Can government repeal gravity, too?

You don’t know very much so you’d be better off remaining quiet than to take me on.

Tommy Maddox

October 20th, 2011
6:00 pm

Every time I hear Reid speak, it sounds like someone fighting a losing battle with irregularity.

jm

October 20th, 2011
6:01 pm

Kyle. Did you note that DC passed Silicon Valley as wealthiest city in the country? (via Bloomberg)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-19/beltway-earnings-make-u-s-capital-richer-than-silicon-valley.html

Rafe Hollister

October 20th, 2011
6:05 pm

Jefferson
80+% of American private sector workers are not unionized. According to you, they are all treated unfairly and not properly compensated. Is that what you truly believe? If you are right, workers would be begging to join a union.

retired early

October 20th, 2011
6:07 pm

Lil Barry

What a totally arrogant piece of work, The GOP is full of people like you. I will do you a favor and not “take you on” ever again…just give me the same courtesy.